CNN Parrots Mexican Claims that U.S. Guns Fuel Drug Wars
Is foreign drug violence a reason to reinstate the ban on assault weapons in
Let's connect some dots: Remember that whole Obama “clinging to religion and guns” flap? Now, remember White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel saying never let a crisis go to waste? Good. Finally, remember how the media carried … sorry, is carrying water for Obama?
It looks like Holder has internalized Emanuel's philosophy, and is looking at the bloody drug wars raging along
Last month, during a press conference in which he announced that more than 50 members of Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican drug cartel, were captured, Holder revealed his intentions. “Well, as President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons. I think that will have a positive impact in
“That's your attorney general talking about selling out the second amendment and your rights for the benefit of the benefit of
A Nexis search revealed that out of 57 reports on the Mexican drug violence that have aired since February 16, half (29) of them have mentioned at least once that Mexican drug cartels are using American weapons.
CNN's devoted an entire hour on March 14 to a panel discussion about the violence. CNN correspondent Michael Ware noted,
Their armaments include 50-caliber Barrett sniper rifles. Made in the
Nobody on the panel countered this claim. But it wouldn't have taken much research to find out that the Barrett rifles are extremely rare and extremely expensive, that hand grenades of any make are subject to nearly prohibitive ATF regulation, or that there is no such thing as an “American-made AK-47.” (There are weapons that look like AK-47s and that fire the same 7.62 mm round, but they don't have an automatic mode.)
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The Mexican government, which has clearly lost control of the situation, has taken to shifting blame to – where else –
On March 2, in the lead in to an interview with National Rifle Association executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre, American Morning's John Roberts featured video of the mayor of Juarez, Mexico, saying, “A major part of the problem that we have is that all of the killings here are with arms from the United States and everybody in the United States knows those assault weapons are coming illegally to Mexico to fund the organized crime figures. And nobody is doing anything about it in the
Turning to LaPierre, Roberts said, “You heard what the mayor of
On the March 9 Anderson Cooper 360, Cooper's report on the Mexican drug violence included an interview with Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico's attorney general, on American gun laws:
COOPER: In some towns, they already are in control. Just last week in the city of ANDERSON , cartels threatened to kill a police officer every 48 hours until the police chief resigned. After two murders, he did. Juarez's mayor just moved his own family to Juarez . Texas 's police are overwhelmed in part because drug traffickers have them outgunned. Mexico 's attorney general, Eduardo Medina Mora, is helping to lead the effort to break up the cartels. Mexico
EDUARDO MEDINA MORA, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MEXICO: Half of what we seize, 55 percent are assault rifles. And this is what gives these groups this intimidation power: 2,200 grenades; missile and rocket launchers; .50 caliber sniper rifles.
COOPER: It might surprise you to learn where all these guns are coming from. It turns out 90 percent of them are purchased in the
MORA: The second amendment was never designed to arm criminal groups, especially not foreign criminal groups as it is today. MEDINA
COOPER: Do you blame the
for not doing more to stop this flood? U.S.
MORA: We believe there's much more to be done. We need a much more committed effort from the MEDINA U.S.
But in written Congressional testimony on March 12, the National Rifle Association's Chris W. Cox noted that the missile and rocket launchers Mora cited are “weapons that isn't available over the counter anywhere in the
Also in his testimony, Cox pointed out that the Mexican government itself has hindered the efforts of
Nevertheless, to CNN,
Sanchez was just getting started. “Oh, here's another one,” he said. “Where and how are the drug runners who are at war with the Mexican police getting their weapons? Where are they getting those guns? That is our focus today. And the answer is, in large measure, from the
Sanchez quoted an estimate that “2,000 guns enter
He rolled video of Mexican president Felipe Calderon saying, “We need to stop the flow of guns and weapons towards
Sanchez then turned to San Diego Union Tribune columnist Ruben Navarette, who repeated the statistics. Then, prompted by Sanchez to discuss American “hypocrisy,” Navarette said:
Americans are concerned about drug violence in
Violent Americans with their guns. CNN hit that note again and again, and emphasized
International Correspondent Michael Ware on February 26: “But let's not forget, this whole war is fueled, first by
On CNN, only Lou Dobbs has been consistently skeptical of the Mexican and Obama Administration's claims.
CNN also left an important point out of all its reporting on the Mexican violence – a point that the NRA's Cox clearly made in his testimony. Gun control doesn't work to stop crime. Just look at places that have very strict gun regulation. Like …